English Dragoons

Active1642 to
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
Area RaisedEngland
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Field ArmiesOrmonde 1642 to 1643
Byron 1643 to 1644

Independent troops of dragoons raised in England and serving with Ormonde’s Leinster army during the Confederate War

Service History


  • January 20th: Levy money ordered for three troops.1)
  • April: Shipped to Dublin2)
  • Moyle's troop of 60 serving in Connaught3)
  • August: Garrisoned at Trim (Duckenfield & Moyle), Glasmullyn (Payt)


  • December: Shipped to Neston, Cheshire


  • January: Siege of Nantwich?
  • January: Battle of Nantwich?


Troopes of dragoones sent out of England :— Captains : Duckenfield, 100 ; Moyle, 100 ; Paite, 180.4). Leicester's order to pay Moyles to levy his troop refers to him as Lt-Col5). That to Duckenfield refers to him as a Major 6), which may indicate some regimental structure for the dragoons was originally intended.

At some point in 1642 Lt Col Moyle was based at Drogheda and in Connaught while Duckenfield and Pate were in Trim.

In December 1643 the three troops were shipped to Cheshire, joining Lord Byron's army. Presumably they were destroyed or captured at Nantwich. Pate's troop served in England under its Lieutenant as Pate remained in Ireland.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Officer List

  • Captain Radcliffe Duckenfield
  • Captain Moyle
  • Captain Adam Paite


  • 1642: 380
  • 1642: 3 troops of 100
  • December 1643: 3 troops totalling 140 shipped to Cheshire

See Also

1) N.A. SP28/1B/323-327
2) An English army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press
3) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press
4) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
5) N.A. SP28/1B/325
6) N.A. SP28/1B/323